Salabama 22 28 50
Denver 27 34 61
Date of game: 3/4/2012

Recap: Denver vs. South Alabama

Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - Brian Stafford and Rob Lewis scored 14 points each to lead the third-seeded Denver Pioneers as they defeated the South Alabama Jaguars, 61-50, in the quarterfinal round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at the Convention Center.

Royce O'Neal provided a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds as Denver (22-8) advanced to the semifinal round, where it will face the seventh-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fresh off their upset the defending champion Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans.

Augustine Rubit paced South Alabama (17-12) with 21 points while Mychal Ammons recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Pioneers took a 27-22 lead into the intermission after they shot 44.4 percent from the field and converted 9-of-12 attempts from the charity stripe in the opening period. South Alabama fell behind after it made only 1-of-4 of its attempts from three-point range in the first half.

Denver extended its lead after the break by making 44 percent of its field goal attempts, including 4-of-11 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes.

The Pioneers were swarming on the defensive end, as they collected 10 steals and forced 17 turnovers. The Jaguars did not move the ball very well offensively and finished the game with just six assists as a team.

Game Notes

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